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Deana Taberner

I first met patchwork way back in 1975! WhenI was making my o level choices and on one line was creative crafts as the alternatives were Spanish and music it was no great difficulty to choose crafts. The course was really a forerunner of GCSE and to explain we had to choose a craft we would study in detail for the two years but we also had to try several other crafts such as pottery, collage etc. ( gosh just realised I sound like the royal we when I mean my then classmates). The teacher was very careful in reading the syllabus and realised we needed to do a large piece which looked like it had been worked on over the two years so a good number of us settled on patchwork bedspreads. This was very much an experimental time and the book we relied on was really a part work magazine which hadn’t finished by the time we took our exams! Yes a craft exam in you guessed it patchwork- we had to design, prepare and then under exam conditions make a tea or coffee cosy. We knew nothing about wadding let alone thermal wadding so it was 1/2 inch thick foam!
The whole class achieved top grades and the displays set up for the examiner were opened up for the whole school. My bedspread was finished after the exams and was the first thing on my bed at uni. I still have it and despite never having been quilted it’s in pretty good condition although it is mostly in storage now.
Fast forward to 2011 and wanting a cover for a display wicker chair (small) I was looking at knitting wools but too many of them had mohair or angora in them and I react to the loose fibres when I noticed a box of fat quarters - whatever they were anyway I bought the 6 quarters for the deal price and with the help of books in the mobile library store area I then shared an office with I was away. It took me a while to learn about wadding and quilting which was hard as the sewing machine I had access to was my mother’s black and gold enamel single stitch Singer which was older than me!
I kept working with English paper piecing as that’s what I knew until I found the quilting magazines and the Festival of Quilts.
I am a very geometric pattern person and the quilt at the top is my own design inspired by Mondrian there are some sub blocks but to bring it all together required partial seams. This quilt was the first I quilted using monofilament.
During lockdown I finally found a well explained method of quilt as you go